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Author of ‘^Christianity and the Social Crisis” 



Copyright, 1909 and 1910 
By Th ^P^ jliyirriit^M^^^'ii^'n r Company 

Copyright, 1910 
By Luther H. Cary 

Entered at Stationers* Hall, London 
All rights reserved 
Published November, 1910 

New Edition 
Copyright, 1925 
By Sidney A, Weston 

Printed in the United States of America 











FOR MORNH'TG, noon, AND NIGHT . . 25 

Mormng Prayers 27 

Evening Prayers 32 

Prayer for Sunday Morning 37 

Prayer for Sunday Evening 38 

Grace before Meat 39 


For the Fatherhood of God 45 

For this World 47 


For Children who V/ork 51 

For the Children of the Street .... 53 

For Women who Toil 55 

For Workingmen 57 

For Immigrants 59 

For Employers 61 

For Men in Business 63 

For Consumers 65 

For Kings and Magnates 67 

For Discoverers and Inventors . . ... 69 

For Artists and Musicians 71 

For Judges 73^ 

For Lawyers and Legislators . . . . . 75 

For Use in Prisons and Jails 77^ 

For Public Officers ........ 79 

For Doctors and Nurses ...... 81 

A Tuberculosis Day Prayer 83 

For Writers and Newspaper Men ... 84 

For Ministers 86 

For Teachers 88 

For Use in Boys’ Schools 90 

For all Mothers . 92 

For all True Lovers 94 

For the Babies 96 

For Use in Women’s Associations T , , 98 

For a Big Sister Club 100 

For the Idle 101 

Morituri Te Salutant 103 


Against War 109 

Against Alcoholism Ill 

Against the Servants of Mammon . . .113 

Against Impurity *.115 


For the Kingdom of God 119 

A Social Litany 121 

For Those who Come after Us .... 124 
On the Harm Y/e have Done ..... 126 
For the Prophets and Pioneers .... 128 

For Those without Knowledge . . . .130 

For a Share in the Y/ork of Redemption . 132 

For the Church 134 

For our City 136 

For the Cooperative Commonwealth . . .139 

For Conferences and Conventions . . . 142 

The Author’ s'Trayer 154 


HE new social purpose, 
which has laid its mas- 
terful grasp on modem 
life and thought, is 
enlarging and trans- 
forming our whole con- 
ception of the meaning 
of Christianity. The 

Bible and all past history speak a new and 
living language. The life of men about us 
stands out with an open-air color and 
vividness which it never had in the dusky 

solemnity of the older theological views 

about humanity. All the older tasks of 
church life have taken on a new significance, 
and vastly larger tasks are emerging as from 
the mists of a new morning. 

Many ideas that used to seem fimda- 
mental and satisfying seem strangely narrow 
and trivial in this greater world of God. 
Some of the old religious ^peals have 

utterly lost their power over us. But there 
are others, tmknown to bur fathers, which 
kindle religious passions of wonderful inten- 
sity and purity. The wrongs and sufferings 
of the people and the vision of a righteous 

and brotherly social life awaken an almost 
painful compassion and longing, and these 
feelings are more essentially Christian than 
most of the fears and desires of religion in 
the past. Social Christianity is adding to the 
variety of religious experience, and is creating 
a new type of Christian man who bears a 
striking family likeness to Jesus of Galilee. 

These new religious emotions ought to 
find conscious and social expression. But 
the Church, which has brought down so rich 
an equipment from the past for the culture of 
individual religion, is poverty-stricken in face 
of this new need. The ordinary church 
hymnal rarely contains more than two or 
three hymns in which the triumphant chords 
of the social hope are struck. Our liturgies 
and devotional manuals offer very little that 
is fit to enrich and purify the social thoughts 
and feelings. 

Even men who have absorbed the social 
ideals are agt to move within the traditional 
roimd in public prayer. The language of 
prayer always clings to the antique for the 
sake of dignity, and plain reference to 
modem? facts and contrivances jars the ear. 
So we are inclined to follow the broad 
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avenues beaten by the feet of many genera- 
tions when we approach God. We need to 
blaze new paths to God for the feet of 
modem men. 

I offer this little book as an attempt in that 
direction. So far as I know, it is the first of 
its kind, and it is likely to meet the sort of 
objections which every pioneering venture in 
religion has to encounter. I realize keenly 
the limitations which are inevitable when one 
mind is to furnish a vehicle for the most 
intimate spiritual thoughts of others. But 
whenever a great movement stirs the deeper 
passions of men, a common soul is bom, and 
all who feel the throb of the new age have 
such imity of thought and aim and feeling, 
that the utterance of one man may in a meas- 
ure be the voice of all. A number of the 
prayers in this collection were published 
month by month in the American Magazine. 
The response to them showed that there is a 
great craving for a religious expression of the 
new social feeling. 

If the moral demands of out; higher social 
thought could find ^adequate expression in 
prayer, it would have a profotmd kjfluence 
on the social movement. Many good men 


have given up the habit of praying, partly 
through philosophical doubt, partly because 
they feel that it is useless or even harmful 
to their spiritual nature. Prayer in the past, 
like the hiss of escaping steam, has often 
dissipated moral energy. But prayer before 
battle is another thing. That has been the 
greatest breeder of revolutionary heroism in 
history. All otu: bravest desires stiffen into 
fighting temper when they are affirmed 
before God. 

Public prayer, too, may carry farther than 
we know. When men are in the presence of 
God, the best that is in them has a breathing- 
space. Then, if ever, we feel the vanity and 
shameftdness of much that society calls proper 
and necessary. If we had more prayer in 
common on the sins of modem society, 
there would be more social repentance and 
less angry resistance to the demands of 
justice and mercy. 

And if thei,effect of our prayers goes beyond 
our own personality; if there is a center of 
the spiritual universe in whom our spirits 
join and have their being; and if the mys- 
terious call of our souls somehow reaches 
and moves God, so that our longings come 
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back from him in a wave of divine assent 
which assures their ultimate fulfilment — 
then it may mean more than any man 
knows to set Christendom praying on our 
social problems. 

I am indebted to my friend, Mr. Momay 
Williams, who has long been the president 
of the New York Juvenile Asylum, for the 
prayers “For the Children of the Street,’’ 
and “For Judges.” A number of my friends 
have aided this book more than I can say 
by their advice and suggestions, and have 
made it in a measure the work of a group. 

I shall welcome suggestions from any one 
which would improve or enrich this little 
collection in some future edition. 

Permission is gladly given to reprint single 
prayers in newspapers, church programs, 
and similar publications, provided no change 
is made in the wording. I should be glad if 
proper acknowledgment were made in every ' 
case so that the attention of others may be 
called to this little book and its usefulness' 


Rochester, N. Y. 



|HE Lord’s Prayer is 
recognized as the purest 
expression of the mind 
of Jesus. It crystallizes 
his thoughts. It con- 
veys the atmosphere of 
his childlike trust in 
the Father. It gives 
proof of the transparent clearness and peace 
of his soul. 1 

It first took shape as a protest against the 
wordy flattery with which men tried to 
wheedle their gods. He demanded sim- 
plicity and sincerity m all expressions of 
religion, and offered this as an example of 
the straightforwardness with which men 
might deal with their Father. Hence the 
brevity and conciseness of it: 

‘Un praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles 
do: for they think that they shall bejieard for their 
much speaking. Be not therefore like unto them: 
for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of 
’ before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye : 

Cm: Father who art in heaven, ^ 

Hallowed be thy name. 


Thy kingdom come. 

Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven 
our debtors. 

And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us 
from the evil one.” 

Matthew 6 : 7-*i3. (American Revision.) 

The Lord’s Prayer is so familiar to us 
that few have stopped to understand it. The 
general tragedy of misunderstanding which 
has followed Jesus throughout the centuries 
has frustrated the purpose of his model prayer 
also. He gave it to stop vain repetitions, and 
it has been turned into a contrivance for 
incessant repetition. 

The churches have employed it for their 
ecclesiastical ritual. Yet it is not ecclesias- 
tical. There is no hint in it of the Church, 
the ministry, the doctrines of theology, or the 
sacraments — though the Latin Vulgate has 
turned the j)etition for the daily bread into 
a prayer for the ‘‘super-substantial bread” 
of the sacrament. 

It has also been used for the . devotions of 
the personal religious life. It is, indeed, 
profoundly personal. But its deepest signifi- 


cance for the individual is revealed only 
when he dedicates his personality to the 
vaster purposes of the kingdom of God, and 
approaches all his personal problems from 
that point of view. Then he enters both 
into the real meaning of the Lord^s Prayer, 
and into the spirit of the Lord himself. 

The Lord’s Prayer is part of the heritage of 
social Christianity which has been appro- 
priated by men who have had little sympa- 
thy with its social spirit. It belongs to the 
equipment of the soldiers of the kingdom of 
God. I wish to claim it here as the great 
charter of all social prayers. 

When he bade us say, ^‘Our Father,” 
Jesus spoke from that consciousness of 
human solidarity which was a matter of 
course in all his thinking. He compels us 
to clasp hands in spirit with all our brothers 
and thus to approach the Father together. 
This rules out all selfish isolation in religion. 
Before God no man stands alone. Before 

the All-seeing he is surrounded by the spirit- 
ual throng of all to whom he stands related . 
near and far, all whom he loves or hates, 
whom he serves or oppresses, whopi he 
wrongs or saves. We are one with our 


fellow-men in all our needs. We are one 
in our sin and our salvation. To recognize 
that oneness is the first step toward praying 
the. Lord’s Prayer aright. That recognition 
is also the foimdation of social Christianity. 

The three petitions with which the prayer 
begins express the great desire which was 
fundamental in the heart and mind of Jesus: 
“ Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom 
come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so 
on eaith.” Together they express his yearn- 
ing faith in the possibility of a reign of God 
on earth in which his name shall be hallowed 
and his will be done. They look forward 
to the ultimate perfection of the common life 
of humanity on this earth, and pray for the 
divine revolution which is to bring that about. 

There is no request here that we be saved 
from earthliness and go to heaven which has 
been the great object of churchly religion. 
We pray here that heaven may be duplicated 
on earth tjjirough the moral and spiritual 
transformation of humanity, both in its per- 
sonal imits and its corporate life. Ho form 
of religion has ever interpreted this prayer 
aright which did not. have a loving xmder- 
standing for the plain daily relations of menj 

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and a living faith in their possible spiritual 

And no man has outgrown the crude sel- 
fishness of religious immaturity who has not 
followed Jesus in setting this desire for the 
social salvation of mankind ahead of all per- 
sonal desires. The desire for the kingdom 
of God precedes and outranks everjrthing 
else in religion, and forms the tacit presup- 
position of all our wishes for ourselves. In 
fact, no one has a clear right to ask for 
bread for his body or strength for his soul, 
unless he has identified his will with this 
all-embracing purpose of God, and intends to 
use the vitality of body and soul in the attain- 
ment of that end. 

With that imderstanding we can say that 
the remaining petitions deal with personal 

Among these the prayer for the daily bread 
takes first place. Jesus was never as ‘‘spirit- 
ual’’ as some of his later followers. He 
never forgot or belittled the elemental need 
of men for bread. The fundamental place 
which he gives to this petition is a recognition 
of the economic basis of life. ^ 

But he lets us pray only for the bread that 


is needful, and for that only when it becomes 
needful. The conception of what is needful 
will expand as human life develops. But 
this prayer can never be used to cover luxu- 
ries that debilitate, nor accumulations of 
property that can never be used but are sure 
to curse the soul of the holder with the 
diverse diseases of mammonism. 

In this petition, too, Jesus compels us to 
stand together. We have to ask in common 
for our daily bread. We sit at the common 
table in God’s great house, and the supply 
of each depends on the security of all. The 
more society is socialized, the clearer does 
that fact become, and the more just and 
humane its organization becomes, the more 
will that recognition be at the bottom of all 
our institutions. As we stand thus in com- 
mon, looking up to God for our bread, every 
one of us ought to feel the sin and shame of 
it if he habitually takes more than his fair 
share and cleaves others hungry that he 
may surfeit. It is inhuman, irreligious, and 

The remaining petitions deal with the 
spiritual needs. Looking backward, we see 
that our lives have been full of sin and 

failtire, and we realize the need of forgiveness. 
Looking forward, we tremble at the tempta- 
tions that await us and pray for deliverance 
from evil. 

In these prayers for the inner life, where 
the soul seems to confront God alone, we 
should expect to find only individualistic 
religion. But even here the social note 
sounds clearly. 

This prayer will not permit us to ask for 
God’s forgiveness without making us afiSrm 
that we have forgiven our brothers and are 
on a basis of brotherly love with all men: 
^‘Forgive us our debts, as we also have 
forgiven our debtors.” We shall have to be 
socially right if we want to be religiously 
right. Jesus will not suffer us to be pious 
toward God and merciless toward men. 

In the prayer, “Lead us not into tempta- 
tion,” we feel the human trembling of fear. 
Experience has taught us our frailty. Every 
man can see certain contingencies just a step 
ahead of him and knows that tus moral ca- 
pacity for resistance would collapse hopelessly 
if he were placed in these situations. There- 
fore Jesus gives voice to our inarticulate plea 
to God not to bring us into such situations. 

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But such situations are created largely by 
the social life about us. If the society in 
which we move is rank with sexual looseness, 
or full of the suggestiveness and solicitations 
of alcoholism; if our business life is such that 
we have to lie and cheat and be cruel in order 
to live and prosper; if our political organiza- 
tion offers an ambitious man the alternative 
of betraying the public good or of being 
thwarted and crippled in all his efforts, then 
the temptations are created in which men go 
under, and society frustrates the prayer we 
utter to God. Wo church can interpret this 
petition intelligently which closes its mind 
to the debasing or invigorating influence of 
the spiritual environment furnished by society. 
Wo man can utter this petition without con- 
scious or unconscious hypocrisy who is help- 
ing to create the temptations in which others 
are sure to fall* 

The words ‘^Deliver us from the evil one” 
have in them the ring of battle. They bring 
to mind the ""incessant grapple between God 
^ and the permanent and malignant powers of 
evil in humanity. To the men of the first 
century that meant Satan and his host of evil 
spirits who ruled in the oppressive, extor- 

tionate, and idolatrous powers of Rome. 
Today the original spirit of that prayer will 
probably be best understood by those who are 
pitted against the terrible powers of organized 
covetousness and institutionalized oppression. 

Thus the Lord’s Prayer is the great prayer 
of social Christianity. It is charged with 
what we call “ social consciousness.’’ It 
assumes the social solidarity of men as a 
matter of course. It recognizes the social 
basis of all moral and religious life even in 
the most intimate personal relations to God. 

It is not the property of those whose chief 
religious aim is to pass through an evil world 
in safety, leaving the world’s evil unshaken. 
Its dominating thought is the moral and 
religious transformation of mankind in all its 
social relations. It was left us by Jesus, the 
great initiator of the Christian revolution; 
and it is the rightful property of those who 
follow his banner in the conquest of the 



GOD, we thank thee for 
the sweet refreshment 
of sleep and for the glory 
and vigor of the new day. 
As we set our faces once 
more toward our daily 
work, we pray thee for 
the strength sufficient 
'hrist’s spirit of duty and 
service ennoble all we do. Uphold us by the 
consciousness that our work is useful work 
and a blessing to all. If there has been any- 
thing in our work harmful to others and dis- 
honorable to ourselves, reveal it to our inner 
eye with such clearness that we shall hate it 
and put it away, though it be at a loss to our- 
selves. When v/e work with others, help us 
to regard them, not as servants to our will, 
but as brothers equal to us in human dignity, 
and equally worthy of their full reward. May 
there be nothing in this day’s work of which 
we shall be ashamed when the sun has set, 
nor in the eventide of our life when our task 
is done and we go to our long home to meet 
thy face. 


O NCE more a new day lies before us, 
our Father. As we go out among 
men to do our work, touching the 
hands and lives of our fellows, make us, we 
pray thee, friends of all the world. Save us 
from blighting the fresh flower of any heart 
by the flare of sudden anger or secret hate. 
May we not bruise the rightful self-respect 
of any by contempt or malice. Help us to 
cheer the suffering by our sympathy, to 
freshen the drooping by our hopefulness, and 
to strengthen in all the wholesome sense of 
worth and the joy of life. Save us from the 
deadly poison of class-pride. Grant that we 
may look all men in the face v/ith the eyes of 
a brother. If any one needs us, make us 
ready to yield our help ungrudgingly, unless 
higher duties claim us, and may we rejoice 
that we have it in us to be helpful to our 

O GOp, we beseech thee to save us 
this day from the distractions of 
vanity and the false lure of inordi- 
nate desires. Grant us the grace of a quiet 
and humble mind, and may we learn of Jesus 
to be meek and lowly of heart. May we not 

join the throng of those v/ho seek after things 
that never satisfy and who draw others after 
•them in the fever of covetousness. Save 
us from adding our influence to the drag of 
temptation. If the fierce tide of greed beats 
against the breakwaters of our soulj may 
we rest at peace in thy higher contentment. 
In the press of life may we pass from duty 
to duty in tranquillity of heart and spread 
thy quietness to all who come near. 

O THOU great Companion of our souls, 
do thou go with us today and com- 
fort us by the sense of thy presence 
in the hours of spiritual isolation. Give us 
a single eye for duty. Guide us by the voice 
within. May we take heed of all the judg- 
ments of men and gather patiently whatever 
truth they hold, but teach us still to test 
them by the v/ords and the spirit of the 
one who alone is our Master. May we 
not be so wholly of one mind y^ith the life 
that now is that the world can fully approve 
us, but may v/e speak the higher truth and . 
live the purer righteousness which thou hast 
revealed to us. If men speak well ^of us, 
may we not be puffed up; if they slight us, 

may we not be cast down; remembering the 
words of our Master who bade us rejoice 
when men speak evil against us and tremble 
if all speak well, that so we may have evi- 
dence that we are still soldiers of God. 

0 60D, we who are bound together 
in the tender ties of love, pray thee 
for a day of unclouded love. May 
no passing irritation rob us of our joy in 
one another. Forgive us if we have often 
been keen to see the human failings, and 
slow to feel the preciousness of those who 
are still the dearest comfort of our life. 
May there be no sharp words that wound 
and scar, and no rift that may grow into 
estrangement. Suffer us not to grieve those 
whom thou hast sent to us as the sweet 
ministers of love. May our eyes not be so 
holden by selfishness that we knov/ thine 
angels only when they spread their wings to 
return to th^e. 

O LORD, we lift our hearts to thee in 
the pure light of morning and pray 
that they be kept clean of evil passion 
by the power of forgiving love. If any slight 

or wrong still rankles in our souls, help 
us to pluck it out and to be healed of thee. 
Suffer us not to turn in anger on him who has 
wronged us, seeking his hurt, lest we increase 
the sorrows of the world and taint our own 
souls with the poisoned sweetness of revenge. 
Grant that by the insight of love we may 
xmderstand our brother in his wrong, and if 
his soul is sick, to bear with him in pity and 
to save him in the gentle spirit of our Master, 
Make us determined to love even at cost to 
our pride, that so we may be soldiers of thy 
peace on earth. 


LORD, we praise thee 
for our sister, the 
Night, who folds all the 
tired folk of the earth 
in her comfortable robe 
of darkness and gives 
them sleep. Release 
now the strained limbs 
of toil and smooth the brow of care. Grant 
us the refreshing draught of forgetfulness that 
we may rise in the morning with a smile on 
our face. Comfort and ease those who toss 
wakeful on a bed of pain, or whose aching 
nerves crave sleep and find it not. Save 
them from evil or despondent thoughts in the 
long darkness, and teach them so to lean on 
thy all-pervading life and love, that their souls 
may grow tranquil and their bodies, too, may 
rest. And now through thee we send Good 
Night to all our brothers and sisters near and 
far, and pray for peace upon all the earth, 

O UR Father, as we turn to the comfort 
of our rest, we remember those who 
must wake that we may sleep. Bless 
the guardians of peace who protect us against 
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men of evil will, the watchers who save us 
from the terrors of fire, and all the many 
who carry on through the hours of the night 
the restless commerce of men on sea and 
land. We thank thee for their faithfulness 
and sense of duty. We pray for thy pardon 
if our covetousness or luxury makes their 
nightly toil necessary. Grant that we may 
realize how dependent the safety of our loved 
ones and the comforts of our life are on these 
our brothers, that so we may think of them 
with love and gratitude and help to make 
their burden lighter, 

A ccept the work of this day, O Lord, 
as we lay it at thy feet. Thou 
knowest its imperfections, and we 
know. Of the brave purposes of the morning 
only a few have fotmd their fulfilment. We 
bless thee that thou art no hard taskmaster, 
watchiug grimly the stint of v/ork we bring, 
but the father and teacher of men who 
rejoices with us as we learn to work. We 
have naught to boast before thee, but ^ 
we do not fear thy face. Thou knowest 
all things and thou art love. Accept every 
right intention however brokenly fulfilled, 


but grant that ere our life is done we may 
imder thy tuition become true master work- 
men, who know the art of a just and valiant 

O UR Master, as this day closes and 
passes from our control, the sense 
of our shortcomings is quick within 
us and we seek thy pardon. But since we 
daily crave thy mercy on our weakness, help 
us now to show mercy to those who have 
this day grieved or angered us and to forgive 
them utterly. Suffer us not to cherish dark 
thoughts of resentment or revenge. So fill 
us with thy aboxmding love and peace that no 
ill-will may be left in our hearts as we turn 
to our rest. And if we remember that any 
brother justly hath aught against us through 
this day^s work, fix in us this moment 
the firm resolve to make good the wrong 
and to win again the love of our brother. 
Suffer us to darken thy world by love- 
lessness, but give us the power of the sons 
- of God to bring in the reign of love among 


O UR Father, we thank thee for all the 
friendly folk who have come into our 
life this day, gladdening us by their 
human kindness, and we send them now our 
parting thoughts of love through thee. We 
bless thee that we are set amidst this rich 
brotherhood of kindred life with its mys- 
terious power to quicken and uplift. Make 
us eager to pay the due price for what we 
get by putting forth our own life in whole- 
some good will and by bearing cheerily the 
troubles that go with all joys. Above all we 
thank thee for those who share our higher 
life, the comrades of our better self, in whose 
companionship we break the mystic bread 
of life and feel the glow of thy wonderful 
presence. Into thy keeping we commit our 
friends, and pray that we may never lose their 
love by losing thee. 

O GOD, in whom is neither near nor 
far, through thee we ye^m for those 
who belong to us and who are not 
here with us. We would fain be near them , 
to shield them from harm and to touch them 
with the tenderness of love. We cast our 
cares for them on thee- in this evening hour, 


and pray thee to do better for them than v/e 
could do. May no distance have power to 
wean their hearts from us and no sloth of 
ours cause us to lag behind the even pace of 
growth. In due time restore them to us and 
gladden our souls with their sweet sight. 
We remember too the loved ones into whose 
dear eyes we cannot look again. O God, in 
whom are both the living and the dead, thou 
art still their life and light as thou art ours. 
Wherever they be, lay thy hand tenderly 
upon them and grant that some day we may 
meet again and hear once more their broken 
words of love. 



GOD, we rejoice that 
today no burden of 
work will be upon us 
and that our body and 
soul are free to rest. 
We thank thee that of 
old this day was hal- 
lowed by thee for all 
who toil, and that from generation to genera- 
tion the weary sons of men have found it a 
shelter and a breathing space. We pray for 
thy peace on all our brothers and sisters who 
are glad to cease from labor and to enjoy the 
comfort of their home and the companionship 
of those whom they love. Forbid that the 
pressure of covetousness or thoughtless love 
of pleasure rob any who are worn of their 
divine right of rest. Grant us wisdom and 
self-control that our pleasures may not be 
follies, lest our leisure drain us more than 
our work. Teach us that in the^mystic imity 
of our nature our body cannot rest imless our 
soul has repose, that so we may walk this , 
day in thy presence in tranquillity of spirit, 
taking each joy as thy gift, and on the morrow 
return to our labor refreshed and content. 



LORD, we lift our souls 
to thee in the awe of 
the eventide. Above 
the tree-tops hang the 
heavens in their glory, 
but above the stars 
art thou and the eternal 
silence. We rejoice 
that in the quiet of thy day of rest our spirits 
have been attuned to the melodies of thy 
beauty. We bless thee for every word of 
solemn truth which has entered our hearts, 
for every touch of loving hand that has com- 
forted us, for every opportimity we have had 
to speak some message from our heart to the 
heart of our brothers. Forgive us if any hours 
have been wasted on profitless things that 
have brought us no satisfaction, or if we have 
dragged our dusty cares into thy sacred day 
and made the holy common. We pray for thy 
blessing on all v/ho have come near to us this 
day, on all who have brought us strength, on 
all who are sad and htmgry for thee, on all thy 
great humanity in its sin and beauty. May our 
last waking thought be abenedictionfor our fel- 
lows and in our sleep may we still be with thee. 

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UR Father, thou art the 
final source of all our 
comforts and to thee 
we render thanks for 
this food. But we also 
remember in gratitude 
the many men and 
women whose labor was 
necessary to produce it, and who gathered 
it from the land and afar from the sea for 
our sustenance. Grant that they too may 
enjoy the fruit of their labor without want, 
and may be bound up witji us in a fellow- 
ship of thankful hearts. 

O GOD, we thank thee for the abim- 
dance of our blessings, but we pray 
that our plenty may not involve 
want for others. Do thou satisfy the desire 
of every child of thine. Grant that the 
strength which we shall draw frgm this food 
may be put forth again for the common good, 
and that our life may return to humanity ^ 
a full equivalent in useful work for the 
nourishment which we receive from the 
common store. 

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Father, we thank thee for the food 
I i of our body, and for the human love 
which is the food of our hearts. 
Bless our family circle, and make this meal 
a sacrament of love to all who are gathered 
at this table. But bless thou too that great 
family of humanity of which we are but a lit- 
tle part. Give to all thy children their daily 
bread, and let our family not enjoy its com- 
forts in selfish isolation. 

O LORD, we pray for thy presence at 
this meal. Hallow all our joys^ and 
if there is an3rthing wanton or unholy 
in them, open our eyes that we may see. If 
we have ever gained our bread by injustice, 
or eaten it in heartlessness, cleanse our life 
and give us a spirit of humility and love, that 
we may be worthy to sit at the common table 
of humanity in the great house of our Father. 


O GOD, as we break bread once more 
before we part, we turn to thee 
with the burden of our desires. Go 
with him who leaves us and hold him safe. 
May he feel that we shall not forget him 


and that his place can never be filled till he 
returns. Make this meal a sacrament of 
human love to us, and may our hearts divine 
the thoughts too tender to be spoken. 


O LORD, our hearts are full of grati- 
tude and praise, for after the long 
days of separation thou hast brought 
us together again to look into the dear faces 
and read their love as of old. As the happy 
memories of the years when we were young 
together rise up to cheer us, may we feel 
anew how closely our lives were wrought 
into one another in their early making, and 
what a treasure we have had in our home. 
Whatever new friendships we may form, 
grant that the old loves may abide to the 
end and grow ever sweeter with the ripening 


O UR Father, we rejoice in the guest 
who sits at meat with us, for our- 
food is the more welcome because 
he shares it, and our home the dearer be- 
cause it shelters him. Grant that in the 


happy exchange of thought and afiection we 
may realize anew that all our gladness comes 
from the simple fellowship of our human 
kind, and that we are rich as long as we are 


LORD, thou knowest that we are 
i I sore stricken and heavy of heart. 

We beseech thee to uphold us by 
thy comfort. Thou wert the God of our 
fathers, and in all these years thine arm has 
never failed us, for our strength has ever 
been as our days. May this food come to 
us as an assurance of thy love and care and 
a promise of thy sustenance and relief. 





THOU great Father of 
us all, we. rejoice that 
at last we know thee. 
All our soul within us 
is glad because we need 
no longer cringe before 
thee as slaves of holy 
fear, seeking to appease 
thine anger by sacrifice and self-inflicted 
pain, but may come like little children, trust- 
ful and happy, to the God of love. Thou art 
the only true father, and all the tender beauty 
of our human loves is the reflected radiance 
of thy loving kindness, like the moonlight 
from the simlight, and testifies to the eternal 
passion that kindled it. 

Grant us growth of spiritual vision, that 
with the passing years we may enter into 
the fulness of this our faith. Since thou 
art our Father, may we not hide om: sins 
from thee, but overcome them by the stem 
comfort of thy presence. By this knowl- 
edge uphold us in our sorrows and make ^ 
us patient even amid the unsolved mysteries 
of the years. Reveal to us the larger good- 
ness and love that speak through the im- 


bending laws of thy world. Through this 
faith make us the willing equals of all thy 
other children. 

As thou art ever pouring out thy life in sacri- 
ficial father-love, may we accept the eternal 
law of the cross and give ourselves to thee and 
to all men. We praise thee for Jesus Christ, 
whose life has revealed to us this faith and 
law, and we rejoice that he has become the 
first-bom among many brethren. Grant that 
in us, too, the faith in thy fatherhood may 
shine through all our life with such persuasive 
beauty that some who still creep in the dusk 
of fear may stand erect as free sons of God, 
and that others who now through imbelief 
are living as orphans in an empty world 
may stretch out their hands to the great 
Father of their spirits and find thee near. 


GOD, we thank thee 
for this universe, our 
great home ; for its vast- 
ness and its riches, and 
for the manifoldness of 
the life which teems 
upon it and of which we 
are part. We praise 
thee forthe arching slry and the blessed winds, 
for the driving clouds and the constellations 
on high. We praise thee for the salt sea and 
the running water, for the everlasting hills, for 
the trees, and for the grass imder our feet. 
We thank thee for our senses by which we can 
see the splendor of the morning, and hear the 
jubilant songs of love, and smell the breath 
of the springtime. Grant us, we pray thee, 
a heart wide open to all this joy and beauty, 
and save our souls from being so steeped m 
care or so darkened by passion that we pass 
heedless and imseeing when evei; the thorn- 
bush by the wayside is aflame with the gloi^ 
of God. 

Enlarge within us the sense of fellowship 
with all the living things, our little brothers, 
to whom thou hast given this earth as their 


home in common with us. We remember 
with shame that in the past we have exer- 
cised the high dominion of man with ruthless 
cruelty, so that the voice of the Earth, which 
should have gone up to thee in song, has 
been a groan of travail. May we reaUze that 
they live, not for us alone, but for themselves 
and for thee, and that they love the sweet- 
ness of life even as we, and serve thee in 
their place better than we in ours. 

When our use of this world is over and we 
make room for others, may we not leave any- 
thing ravished by our greed or spoiled by our 
ignorance, but may we hand on our common 
heritage fairer and sweeter through our use 
of it, imdiminished in fertiUty and joy, that so 
our bodies may return in peace to the great 
mother who nourished them and our spirits 
may roimd the circle of a perfect life in thee. 




THOU great Father of 
the weak, lay thy hand 
tenderly on all the little 
children on earth and 
bless them. Bless our 
own children, who are 
life of our life, and who 
have become the heart 
of our heart. Bless every little chhd-friend 
that has leaned against our knee and re- 
freshed our soul by its smiling trustfulness. 
Be good to all children who long in vain for 
human love, or for flowers and wate;:, and 
the sweet breast of Nature. But bless with 
a sevenfold blessing the yoimg lives whose 
slender shoulders are already bowed be- 
neath the yoke of toil, and whose glad 
growth is being stunted forever. Suffer not 
their little bodies to be utterly sapped, and 
their minds to be given over to stupidity 
and the vices of an empty soul;« We have 
all jointly deserved the millstone of thy v/rath 
for making these little ones to stumble and - 
fall. Grant all employers of labor stout 
hearts to refuse enrichment at such a price. 
Grant to all the citizens and officers of 


states which now permit this wrong the 
grace of holy anger. Help us to realize that 
every child of our nation is in very truth 
our child, a member of our great family. By 
the Holy Child that nestled in Mary’s bosom; 
by the memories of our own childhood joys 
and sorrows; by the sacred possibilities that 
slumber in every child, we beseech thee to 
save us from killing the sweetness of yoxmg 
life by the greed of gain. 

whose imveiled face the 
angels of little children 
do always behold, look 
with love and pity, we 
beseech thee, upon the 
children of the streets. 
Where men, in their 
busy and careless lives, have made a high- 
way, these children of thine have made a 
home and a school, and are learning the bad 
lessons of our selfishness and our folly. Save 
them, and save us, O Lord. Save them from 
ignorance and brutality, from the shameless- 
ness of lust, the hardness of greed, and the 
besotting of drink; and save us from the 
greater guilt of those that offend thy little 
ones, and from the hypocrisy of those that say 
they see and see not, whose sin remaineth. 

Make clear to those of older years the in- 
alienable right of childhood to pj^y, and give 
to those who govern our cities the will and 
ability to provide the places for play; make 
clear to those who minister to the appetite 
for recreation the guilt of them that lead 
astray thy children; and make clear to us 


all that the great school of life is not encom- 
passed by walls and that its teachers are all 
who influence their younger brethren by 
companionship and example, whether for 
good or evil, and that in that school all we 
are teachers and as we teach are judged. 
For all false teaching, for all hindering of 
thy children, pardon us, O Lord, and suffer 
the little children to come tmto thee, for 
Jesus’ sake, 



GOD, we pray thee for 
our sisters who are leav- 
ing the ancient shelter 
of the home to earn 
their wage in the fac- 
tory and the store amid 
the press of modem 
life. Save them from 
the strain of unremitting toil that would unfit 
them for the holy duties of home and mother- 
hood which the future may lay upon them. 
Give them grace to cherish imder the new sur- 
roundings the old sweetness and gentleness 
of womanhood, and in the rough mingling of 
life to keep their hearts pure and their lives 
untarnished. Save them from the terrors 
of utter want. Teach them to stand loyally 
by their sisters, that by united action they 
may better their common lot. 

If it must be so that our women toil like 
men, help us still to reverence Jtn them the 
mothers of the future. But make us deter- 
mined to shield them from unequal burdens, 
that the women of our nation be not drained 
of strength and hope for the enrichment of a 
few, lest our homes grow poor in the wifely 


sweetness and motherly love which have been 
the saving strength and glory of our cotmtry. 
To such as yearn for the love and sovereign 
freedom of their own home, grant in due 
time the fulfilment of their sweet desires. By 
Mary, the beloved, who bore tfie world’s 
redemption in her bosom; by the memory of 
our own dear mothers who kissed our souls 
awake ; by the little daughters who must soon 
go out into that world which we are now fash- 
ioning for others, we beseech thee that we 
may deal aright by all women. 


GOD, thou mightiest 
worker of the imiverse, 
source of all strength 
and author of all unity, 
we pray thee for our 
brothers, the industrial 
workers of the nation. 
As their work binds 
them together in common toil and danger, 
may their hearts be knit together in a strong 
sense of their common interests and destiny. 
Help them to realize that the injury of one 
is the concern of all, and that the welfare of 
all must be the aim of every one. If any of 
them is tempted to seU the birthright of his 
class for a mess of pottage for himself, give 
him a wider outlook and a nobler sympathy 
with his fellows. Teach them to keep step 
in a steady onward march, and in their own 
way to fulfil the law of Christ by bearing the 
common burdens. ^ 

Grant the organizations of labor quiet 
patience and prudence in all disputes, and^ 
fairness to see the other side. Save them 
from malice and bitterness. Save them from 
the headlong foUy which ruins a fair cause, 


and give them wisdom resolutely to put aside 
the two-edged sword of violence that turns 
on those who seize it. Raise up for them 
still more leaders of able mind and large 
heart, and give them grace to follow the 
wiser coimsel. 

When they strive for leisure and health 
and a better wage, do thou grant their cause 
success, but teach them not to waste their 
gain on fleeting passions, but to use it in 
building fairer homes and a nobler manhood. 
Grant all classes of our nation a larger com- 
prehension for the aspirations of labor and 
for the courage and worth of these our 
brothers, that we may cheer them in their 
struggles and understand them even in their 
sins. And may the upv/ard climb of Labor, 
its defeats and its victories, in the farther 
reaches bless all classes of our nation, and 
build up for the republic of the future a great 
body of workers, strong of limb, clear of 
mind, fair in^temper, glad to labor, conscious 
of their worth, and striving together for the 
final brotherhood of aU men. 



THOU great Cham- 
pion of the outcast 
and the weah, we 
remember before thee 
the people of other 
nations who are com- 
ing to our land, seek- 
ing bread, a home, 
and a future. May we look with thy com- 
passion upon those who have been drained 
and stunted by the poverty and oppression 
of centuries, and v/hose minds have been 
warped by superstition or seared by the 
dumb agony of revolt. We bless thee for 
all that America has meant to the alien 
folk that have crossed the sea in the past, 
and for all the patient strength and God- 
fearing courage with which they have en- 
riched our nation. We rejoice in the millions 
whose life has expanded in the wealth and 
liberty of our coimtry, and whose children 
have grown to fairer stature and larger 
thoughts; for we, too, are the children of 
immigrants, who came with anxious hearts 
and halting feet on the westward path of 

We beseech thee thiat our republic may 
no longer fail their trust. We mourn for 
the dark sins of past and present, wherein 
men who are held in honor among us made 
spoil of the ignorance and helplessness of 
the strangers and sent them to an early 
death. In a nation dedicated to liberty 
may they not find the old oppression and a 
fiercer greed. May they never find that the 
arm of the law is but the arm of the strong. 
Help our whole people henceforth to keep 
in leash the cunning that would devour the 
simple. May they feel here the pure air 
of freedom and face the morning radiance 
of a joyous hope. 

For all the oppressed afar off who sigh 
for liberty; for all lovers of the people who 
strive to break their shackles; for all who 
dare to believe in democracy and the king- 
dom of God, make thou our great common- 
wealth once more a sure beacon-light of hope 
and a guideron the path which leads to the 
perfect union of law and liberty. 



E invoke thy grace 
and wisdom, O Lord, 
upon all men of good 
will who employ and 
control the labor of 
men. Amid the num- 
berless irritations and 
anxieties of their posi- 
tion, help them to keep a quiet and patient 
temper, and to rule firmly and wisely, without 
harshness and anger. Since they hold power 
over the bread, the safety, and the hopes 
of the workers, may they wield their powers 
justly and with love, as older brothers and 
leaders in the great fellowship of labor. 
Suffer not the heavenly light of compassion 
for the weak and the old to be quenched in 
their hearts. When they are tempted to 
follow the ruthless ways of others, and to 
sacrifice human health and life for profit, 
do thou strengthen their will in^the hour of 
need, and bring to naught the coimsels of the 
heartless. Save them from repressing their 
workers into sullen submission and helpless 
fear. May they not sin against the Christ 
by using the bodies and souls of men as 


mere tools to make things, forgetting the 
human hearts and longings of these their 

Raise up among us employers who shall 
be makers of men as well as of goods. Give 
us masters of industry who will use their 
higher ability and knowledge in lifting the 
workers to increasing independence and 
vigor, and who will train their helpers for 
the larger responsibilities of the coming age. 
Give us men of faith who will see beyond 
the strife of the present and catch a vision 
of a nobler organization of our work, when 
all will still follow the leadership of the 
ablest, not in fear but by the glad will of 
all, and when none shall be master and 
none shall be man, but all shall stand side 
by side in a strong and righteous brother- 
hood of work. 



E plead with thee, 
O God, for our broth- 
ers who are pressed by 
the cares and beset by 
the temptations of busi- 
ness life. We acknowl- 
edge before thee our 
common guilt for the 
hardness and deceitfulness of industry and 
trade which lead us all into temptation and 
cause even the righteous to slip and fall. As 
long as man is set against man in a struggle 
for wealth, help the men in business to make 
their contest, as far as may be, a test of excel- 
lence, by which even the defeated may be 
spurred to better work. If any man is pitted 
against those who have forgotten fairness 
and honesty, help him to put his trust reso- 
lutely in the- profitableness of sincerity and 
uprightness, and, if need be, to accept loss 
rather than follow on crooked paths. 

Establish in unshaken fidelity all who 
hold in trust the savings of others; Since 
the wealth and welfare of our nation are 
controlled by our business men, cause them 
to realize that they serve not themselves 


alone, but hold high public functions, and do 
thou save them from betraying the inter- 
ests of the many for their own enrichment, 
lest a new tyranny grow up in a land that 
is dedicated to freedom. Grant them far- 
sighted patriotism to subordinate their profits 
to the public W'eal, and a steadfast determina- 
tion to transform the disorder of the present 
into the nobler and freer harmony of the 
future* May thy Spirit, O God, which is 
ceaselessly pleading within us, prevail at 
last to bring our business life under Christ’s 
law of service, so that all who share in the 
processes of factory and trade may grow up 
into that high consciousness of a divine 
calling which blesses those who are the 
free servants of God and the people and 
who consciously devote their strength to 
the common good. 

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GOD, thou Father of us 
all, we praise thee that 
thou hast bound hu- 
manity in a great unity 
of life so that each must 
lean on the strength of 
all, and depend for his 
comfort and safety on 
the help and labor of his brothers. 

We invoke thy blessing on all the men and 
women who have toiled to build and warm 
our homes, to fashion our raiment, and to 
wrest from sea and land the food that nour- 
ishes us and our children. 

We pray that they may have health and 
joy, and hope and love, even as we desire for 
our ov/n loved ones. 

Grant us wisdom to deal justly and frater- 
nally with every man and woman whom we 
face in the business of life. 

May we not unknowingly inflict suffering 
through selfish indifference or the wilful igno- 
rance of a callous heart. 

Since the comforts of our life are brought" 
to us from afar, and made by those whom we 

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do not know nor see, grant us organized in- 
telligence and power that we may send the 
command of our righteous will along the chan- 
nels of trade and industry, and help to 
cleanse them of hardness and unfairness. 

May the time come when we need wear 
and use nothing that is wet in thy sight with 
human tears, or cheapened by wearing down 
the lives of the weak. 

Save us, we beseech thee, from uncon- 
scious guilt. 

Speak thou to our souls and bid us strive 
for the coming of thy kingdom of justice when 
thy merciful and saving will shall be done on 


GOD, we worship thee 
as the sole lord and 
sovereign of humanity, 
and render free obedi- 
ence to thee because 
thy laws are just and 
thy will is love. We 
pray thee for the kings 
and princes of the nations to whom power 
has descended from the past, and for the 
lords of industry and trade in whose hands 
the wealth and power of our modem world 
have gathered. We beseech thee to save 
them from the terrible temptations of their 
position, lest they follow in the somber 
lineage of those who have lorded it in the 
past and have used the people’s powers 
for their oppression. Suffer them not to 
waste the labor of the many for their own 
luxury, or to use the precious life-blood of 
men for the corruption of all. ^Open their 
hearts to the saving spirit of the new age 
of freedom. Mature in their souls the 
unshakeable conviction that all they have is 
but held in trust for a time till the heir 
' shall claim his own. 

And when the people seek the ampler 
freedom and self-direction of manhood, may 
there, be no blindness to the higher will and 
no hardening of heart by those who have 
ruled. Grant them wisdom so large-hearted 
that they may recognize the culmination of 
their task in yielding up their powers, and 
may use their gathered knowledge in guiding 
the liberation of the people in order and 
stability. Save them from the fear and hate 
which are the tyrants’ portion and from the 
scorn of coming generations. Reveal to them 
that all the higher joys come only by impart- 
ing the strength of our life to those who 
need it, and that a man’s life consisteth 
not in the things which he possesses, but 
in the love that flows out from him and 
flows back to him. 

E praise thee, O 
Lord, for that mys- 
terious spark of thy 
light within us, the 
inteUect of man, for 
thou hast kindled it in 
the beginning and by 
the breath of thy spirit 
it has grown to fiammg power in our 

We rejoice in the men of genius and 
intellectual vision who discern the tmdis- 
covered applications of thy laws and dig 
the deeper springs through which the hidden 
forces of thy world may well up to the light 
of day. We claim them as our own in thee, 
as members with us in the common body 
of humanity, of which thou art the all-per- 
vading life and inspirer. Grant them, we 
pray thee, the divine humility of thine elect 
souls, to realize that they are sgnt of thee 
as brothers and helpers of men and that the 
powers within them are but part of the vast 
equipment of humanity, entrusted to them 
for the common use. May they bow to the 
law of Christ and live, not to be served, but 

to give their abilities for the emancipation 
of the higher life of man. Save them from 
turning thy revelations into means of extor- 
tion and from checking the toilsome march 
of humanity till they take toll. 

But to us who benefit by their work do 
thou grant wisdom and justice that we may 
not suffer the fruit of their toil to be wrested 
from them by selfish cunning or the pressure 
of need, but may assure them of their fair 
reward and of the meed of love and honor 
that is the due of those who have served 
humanity well. Gladden us by the glowing 
consciousness of the one life that thinks and 
strives in us all, and knit us together into a 
commonwealth of brothers in which each 
shall be heir of all things and the free ser- 
vant of all men. 

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THOU who art the 
all-pervading glory of 
the world, we bless 
thee for the power of 
beauty to gladden our 
hearts. Vv^e praise thee 
that even the least of 
us may feel a thrill of 
thy creative joy v/hen we give form and 
substance to our thoughts and, beholding 
our handiwork, find it good and fair. 

We praise thee for our brothers, the 
masters of form and color and soimd, who 
have power to unlock for us the vaster 
spaces of emotion and to lead us by their 
hand into the reaches of nobler passions. 
We rejoice in their gifts and pray thee to 
save them from the temptations which beset 
their powers. Save them from the discour- 
agements of a selfish ambition and from the 
vanity that feeds on cheap ajiplause, from 
the snare of the senses and from the dark 
phantoms that haunt the listening soul. 

Let them not satisfy their hunger for 
beauty with tricks of skill, turning the art 
of God into a petty craft of men. Teach 
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them that they, too, are but servants of 
humanity, and that the promise of their gifts 
can fulfil itself only in the service of love. 
Give them faith in the inspiring power of a 
great purpose and courage to follow to the 
end the visions of their youth. “Kindle in 
their hearts a passionate pity for the joyless 
lives of the people, and make them rejoice 
if they are found worthy to hold the cup of 
beauty to lips that are athirst. Make them 
the reverent interpreters of God to man, 
who see thy face and hear thy voice in all 
things, that so they may unveil for us the 
beauties of nature which we have passed 
unseeing, and the sadness and sweetness 
of humanity to v/hich our selfishness has 
made us blind. 


GOD, who art the 
author and giver of law, 
from whom alone all 
just designs and right- 
eous judgments pro- 
ceed, give unto all 
those who frame, in- 
terpret, or administer 
human law the counsel of thy Holy Spirit, 
that they may know themselves thy min- 
isters. Remove from them all pride and 
vainglory of class, all prejudice of birth and 
traming, all narrowness of place and power, 
and grant them to know that only in loving 
sympathy with all their fellow men is there 
the possibility of clear imderstanding and 
righteous decision. Enable them so to 
receive the precepts and examples of the 
past that they build upon the heritage of 
the fathers a just and adequate edifice of 
law for the present. ^ 

As they deduce the principles which under- 
lie &e customary laws of men, give imto- 
them the larger vision of the reign of law 
and the ordered imiverse, of the precedents 
of nature and providence, and suffer them 

not to forget or to be ignorant of those in- 
evitable laws of thine which outlive the 
lives of men. O Thou who hast given to 
man the will to conquer the earth, the 
power to serve his fellows and the heart 
to love thee, may the rule of the market-place 
never be suffered to obscure thine eternal 
justice, but grant to all these the ministers 
of human justice the will and ability to pacify 
the passions and adjust the disputes of men. 
Suffer them neither to be swayed by the 
prejudices nor to appeal to the weaknesses 
of others, but to deal fairly, counsel wisely, 
and quit themselves manfully in all matters; 
to be the servants of all men, but the hire- 
lings of none, and so to hasten the coming 
of the kingdom of God on earth, for which 
we pray. 


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LORD, thou art the 
eternal order of the 
universe. Our human 
laws at best are but 
an approximation to 
thine immutable law, 
and if our institutions 
are to stand, they must 
rest on justice, for only justice can endure. 
We beseech thee for the men who are set to 
make and interpret the laws of our nation. 
Grant to all lawyers a deep consciousness 
that they are called of God to see justice 
done, and that they prostitute a holy duty 
if ever they connive in its defeat. Fill 
them with a high determination to make 
the courts of our land a strong fortress of 
defense for the poor and weak, and never 
a castle of oppression for the hard and cim- 

Save them from surrendering the dear- 
bought safeguards of the people for which 
our fathers fought and suffered. Revive im 
them the spirit of the great liberators of 
the past that they may cleanse our law of 
the inherited wrongs that still cling to it. 

[ 75 ] 

' Suffer not the web of outgrown precedents 
to veil their moral vision, but grant them 
a penetrating eye for the rights and wrongs 
of today and a quick human sympathy 
with the life and sufferings of the people. 
May they not perpetuate the tangles of the 
law for the profit of their profession. Aid 
them to make its course so simple, and its 
justice so swift and sure, that the humblest 
may safely trust it and the strongest fear it. 
Grant them wisdom so to refashion all law 
that it may become the true expression of 
the fairer ideals of freedom and brother- 
hood which are now seeking their incarnation 
in a new age. Make these our brothers the 
wise interpreters of thine eternal law, the 
brave spokesmen of thy will, and in reward 
bestow upon them the joy of conscious 
fellowship with thy Christ in saving men 
from the bondage of ancient wrong. 

[ 76 ] 


GOD, we men and wo- 
men in prison make onr 
prayer to thee. We too 
claim thee as the Father 
of our spirit and the 
great Friend of our bet- 
ter seif. 

Men have passed 
judgment on us by our outward acts, but 
thou alone knowest all things* Thou knowest 
how some of us were burdened by the sins of 
our ancestors; and some were tainted with 
vice in our youth before we understood; and 
some made a brave fight, but the powers of 
evil were strong; and some thought they 
were doing right when they broke the law. 
We would hide nothing from thee, O thou 
Searcher of Hearts, but we pray thee to par- 
don the frailties and mistakes of the past, and 
in the years still left to us do thou build up 
our lives to noble maniiood and womanhood. 

Give us back our freedom in due time. 
Protect our dear ones while we are away, and 
grant that soon we may once more hold theni 
in our arms and read their love and forgive- 
ness in their sweet faces. 

[ 77 ] 

Make a place for us where we can do honest 
and wholesome work among our fellow men. 
Give us strength to maintain our honor and 
never again to give needless sorrow to those 
who love us. 

We pray thee for patience and hopefulness 
in these long and lonely days. May no un- 
clean or hateful thoughts gain the mastery 
over our souls. May we be friends with all 
men of good will, and if any wrong us, may 
we have the spirit of Jesus Christ, who also 
was a prisoner and who prayed for those that 
hurt him. 

May all the great world of men be filled 
more and more with thy saving love, so. that 
fewer men and women may be snared in 
temptation, and those who go wrong may be 
turned back to the right without the need of 
prisons. Grant that our own experience may 
in some way help others, that so our life may 
not be lived in vain, but may add a little to 
the common good and joy of mankind in the 
better days to come. 

[ 78 ] 


GOD, thou great gov- 
ernor of all the world, 
we pray thee for all 
who hold public office 
and power, for the life, 
the welfare, and the 
virtue of the people are 
in their hands to make 
or to mar. We remember with shame that 
in the past the mighty have preyed on the 
labors of the poor; that they have laid nations 
in the dust by their oppression, and have 
thwarted the love and the prayers of thy 
servants. We bless thee that the new spirit 
of democracy has touched even the kings of 
the earth. We rejoice that by the free insti- 
tutions of our cotmtry the tyrannous instincts 
of the strong may be curbed and turned to 
the patient service of the commonwealth. 

Strengthen the sense of duty in our political 
life. Grant that the servants of the state 
may feel ever more deeply that any diversion 
of their public powers for private ends is^ 
a betrayal of their country. Purge our 
cities and states and nation of the deep 
causes of corruption which have so often 
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made sin profitable and uprightness hard. 
Bring to an end the stale days of party 
cunning. Breathe a new spirit into all our 
nation. Lift us from the dust and mire of 
the past that we may gird ourselves for a 
new day’s work. Give our leaders a new 
vision of the possible future of our country 
and set their hearts on fire with large resolves. 
Raise up a new generation of public men^ 
who will have the faith and daring of the 
kingdom of God in their hearts, and who 
will enlist for life in a holy warfare for the 
freedom and rights of the people. 



E praise thee, O 
God, for our friends, 
the doctors and nurses, 
who seek the healing of 
our bodies. We bless 
thee for their gentle- 
ness and patience, for 
their knowledge and 
skill. We remember the hours of our 
suffering when they brought relief, and the 
days of our fear and anguish at the bedside 
of our dear ones when they came as ministers 
of God to save the life thou hadst given. 
May we reward their fidelity and devotion 
by our loving gratitude, and do thou uphold 
them by the satisfaction of work well done. 

We rejoice in the tireless daring with v/hich 
some are now tracking the great slayers of 
mankind by the white light of science. Grant 
that under their teaching we may grapple 
with the sins which have ever dealt death 
to the race, and that we may so order the 
life of our commimities that none may be, 
doomed to an untimely death for lack of 
the simple gifts which thou hast given in 
abundance. Make thou our doctors the 

prophets and soldiers of thy kingdom, which 
is the reign of cleanliness and self-restraint 
and the dominion of health and joyous life. 

Strengthen in their whole profession the 
consciousness that their calling is holy and 
that they, too, are disciples of the saving 
Christ. May they never through the pressure 
of need or ambition surrender the sense of 
a divine mission and become hirelings who 
serve only for money. Make them doubly 
faithful in the service of the poor who need 
their help most sorely, and may the children 
of the workingman be as precious to them 
as the child of the rich. Though they deal 
with the frail body of man, may they have 
an abiding sense of the eternal value of 
the life residing in it, that by the call of 
faith and hope they may summon to their 
aid the mysterious spirit of man and the 
powers of thy all-pervading life. 

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GOD, we pray thee 
for all whose vigor is 
being drained by slow 
and wasting illness. 
Strengthen their powers 
as they battle for their 
life, and if it be possi- 
ble, we beseech thee to 
restore them and grant them the fulness of 
their years. If their strength is failing, give 
them courage still to labor cheerfully and to 
leave to those who love them dear memories 
of faith and patience for the distant days. 

Since we are all jointly guilty of the condi- 
tions which have bred their disease, may we 
stand by those who bear the burden of our 
common sin, and set the united will of our 
community against this pov/er that slays the 
young and strong in the bloom of their life. 
May this death that creeps from man to man 
be a solemn reminder that we ..are all one 
family, bound together in joy and sorrow, in 
life and death, that we may cease from our 
selfish indifference and together seek thy 
kingdom and thy righteousness which will 
bring us health and life. 

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THOU great source of 
truth and knowledge, 
we remember before 
thee ail v/hose call- 
ing it is to gather 
and winnow the facts 
for informing the peo- 
ple. Inspire them with 
a determined love for honest work and 
a stanch hatred for the making of lies, 
lest the judgments of our nation be perr 
verted and we be taught to call light 
darkness and darkness light. Since the 
sanity and wisdom of a nation are in their 
charge, may they count it shame to set the 
baser passions of men on fire for the sake 
of gain. May they never suffer themselves 
to be used in drugging the mind of the 
people with falsehood and prejudice. 

Grant them boldness to turn the tmwel- 
come light en those who love the darlmess 
because their deeds are evil. Put into their 
hands the shining sword of truth, and make 
them worthy successors of the great cham- 
pions of the people who held truth to be a 
holy thing by which nations live and for 
[ 84 ] 

which men should die. Cause them to real- 
ize that they have a public function in the 
commonwealth, and that their country may 
be saved by their courage or undone by 
their cowardice and silence. Grant them 
the heart of manhood to cast their mighty 
influence v/ith the forces that make the 
people strong and free, and if they suffer 
loss, may they rejoice in that as proof to 
their own souls that they have fought a 
good fight and have been servants of the 
higher law. 

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JESUSj we thy min- 
isters bow before thee 
to confess the com- 
mon sins of our call- 
ing. . Thou knowest all 
things; thou knowest 
that we love thee and 
that our hearts’ desire 
faithfulness; and yet, 
like Peter, we have so often failed thee 
in the hour of thy need. If ever we have 
loved our own leadership and power when 
we sought to lead our people to thee, we 
pray thee to forgive. If we have been 
engrossed in narrow duties and little 
questions, when the vast needs of humanity 
called aloud for prophetic vision and apostolic 
sympathy, we pray thee to forgive. If in 
our loyalty to the Church of the past we 
have distrusted thy living voice and have 
suffered thee to pass from our door unheard, 
we pray th^e to forgive. If ever we have 
been more concerned for the strong and the 
rich than for the shepherdless throngs of 
the people for whom thy soul grieved, we 
pray thee to forgive. 

[■ 86 ] 


is to serve thee in 

O Master, amidst our failures we cast 
ourselves upon thee in humility and con- 
trition. We need new light and a new 
message. We need the ancient spirit of 
prophecy and the leaping fire and joy of a 
new conviction, and thou alone canst give it. 
Inspire the ministry of thy Church with 
dauntless courage to face the vast needs of 
the future. Free us from all entanglements 
that have hushed our voice. and botmd our 
action. Grant us grace to look upon the 
veiled sins of the rich and the coarse vices 
of the poor through thine eyes. Give us 
thine inflexible sternness against sin, and 
thine inexhaustible compassion for the frailty 
and tragedy of those who do the sin. Make 
us faithful shepherds of thy flock, true seers 
of God, and true followers of Jesus. 

[ 87 ] 


E implore thy bless- 
ing, O God, on all the 
men and women who 
teach the children and 
youth of our nation, 
for they are the potent 
friends and helpers of 
our homes. Into their 
hands we daily commit the dearest that we 
ha!ve, and as they make our children, so 
shall future years see them. Grant them an 
abiding consciousness that they are co- 
workers with thee, thou great teacher of 
humanity, and that thou hast charged them 
with the holy duty of bringing forth from the 
budding life of the yoimg the mysterious 
stores of character and ability which thou 
hast hidden in them. Teach them to rever- 
ence the young lives, clean and plastic, which 
have newly come from thee, and to realize 
that generations still unborn shall rue their 
sloth or rise to higher levels through their 
wisdom and faithfulness. Gird them for 
their task with thy patience and tranquillity, 
with a great fatherly and motherly love for 
the young, and with special tenderness for 
[ 88 ] 

the backward and afflicted. Save them from 
physical exhaustion, from loneliness and dis- 
couragement, from the numbness of routine, 
and from all bitterness of heart. 

We bless thee for the free and noble spirit 
that is breathing with quickening power upon 
the educational life of our day, and for the 
men and women of large mind and loving 
heart who have made that spirit our common 
possession by their teaching and example. 
But grant that a higher obedience and self- 
restraint may grow in the new atmosphere 
of freedom. We remember with gratitude 
to thee the godly teachers of our own youth 
who won our hearts to higher purposes by 
the sacred contagion of their life. May the 
strength and beauty of Christlike service 
still be plainly wrought in the lives of their 
successors, that our children may not want 
for strong models of devout manhood on 
whom their characters can be molded. 

Do thou reward thy servants. with a glad 
sense of their own eternal worth as teachers 
of the race, and in the heat of the day do thou 
show them the spring by the wayside that 
flows from the eternal silence of God and gives 
new light to the eyes of all who drink of it. 



UR Father, we thank 
thee for this day, for its 
work and its pleasures, 
for the zest of our 
youth and the joy of 
living. May no mean 
word or foul act cloud 
our satisfaction or hum- 
ble our pride v/hen this day is done. 

Grant that we may do our day’s work with 
a willing heart, looking forward to the larger 
tasks of our life in the days to come, and may 
we go to meet the future years with a trained 
body and mind, well able to do a man’s 

May no idleness or love of easy ways, no 
hidden vice or flaw of character weaken our 
youth, lest when we strain to run the race of 
life, we be forced to drop out before the goal 
is reached. 

Make us, loyal to our friends, our team- 
mates, our school and our teachers, and lov- 
ingly loyal to our parents and the dear folks 
at home. Save us from bringing to shame 
the hope and pride with which they think of 

[ 90 ] 

Give us a brave heart to say what is true 
and do what is right, even to our own hurt, 
following in the footsteps of the great Cap- 
tain of our life, Jesus Christ, in whose name 
we make our prayer. 

[ 91 ] 


GOD, we offer thee 
praise and benediction 
for the sweet "minis- 
tries of motherhood in 
human life. We bless 
thee for our own dear 
mothers who built up 
our lives by theirs ; 
who bore us in travail and loved us the 
more for the pain we gave; who nourished 
us at their breast and hushed us to sleep in 
the warm security of their arms. We thank 
thee for their tireless love, for their voiceless 
prayers, for the agony with which they fol- 
lowed us through our sins and won us back, 
for the Christly power of sacrifice and redemp- 
tion in mother-love. We pray thee to forgive 
us if in thoughtless selfishness we have taken 
their love as our due without giving the 
tenderness which they craved as their sole 
reward. And if the great treasure of a 
mother^s life is still spared to us, may we do 
for her feebleness what she did for ours. 

^We remember before thee all the good 
women who are now bearing the pain and 
weariness of maternity. Grant them strength 

of body and mind for their new tasks. Widen 

their vision that they may see themselves, 
not as the mothers of one child alone, but 
as the patriot women of their nation, who 
alone can build up the better future with 
fresh and purer life. Put upon the girls of 
our people the awe of their future calling, 
that they may preserve their bodies and minds 
in purity and strength for the holy task to 
which the future may summon them. 

Bestow thy special grace, v/e beseech 
thee, on all women who have the yearnings 
of motherhold, but whose lives are barren 
of its joys. If any form of human sin 
has robbed them of the prize of life, grant 
them righteous anger and valiant hearts to 
fight that sin on behalf of those who come 
after them. Help them to overcome the bit- 
terness of disappointment, and to find an 
outlet for their thwarted mother-love in the 
wider ministrations to all the lonely and un- 
mothered hearts in thy great family on earth. 

As the protecting love of motherhood 
wrought blindly in the earliest upward 
climb of life, may it now, with open eyes 
and strong with Christly . passion, set its 
tireless strength to lift humanity from the 
reign of brutal force and to found the larger 
family of men on the blessed might of love, 

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E invoke thy gentlest 
blessings, our Father, 
on all true lovers. We 
praise thee for the great 
longing that draws the 
soul of man and maid 
together and bids them 
leave all the dear bonds 
of the past to cleave to one another. 
We thank thee for the revealing power of 
love which divines in the one beloved the 
mystic beauty and glory of humanity. We 
thank thee for the transfiguring power of 
love which ripens and ennobles our nature, 
calling forth the hidden stores of tenderness 
and strength and overcoming the selfish- 
ness of youth by the passion of self-sur- 

We pray thee to make their love strong, 
holy, and deathless, that no misimderstand- 
ings may fray the bond, and no gray disen- 
chantment of the years may have power to 
quench the heavenly light that now glows in 
them. May they early gain wisdom to dis- 
cern the, true values of life, and may no 
fyranny of fashion and no glamour of cheaper 
[ 94 ], 

joys filch from them the wholesome peace 
and inward satisfaction which only loyal love 
can give. 

Grant them with sober eyes to look beyond 
these sweet days of friendship to the genera- 
tions yet to come, and to realize that the home 
for which they long will be part of the sacred 
tissue of the body of humanity in which 
thou art to dwell, that so they may reverence 
themselves and drink the cup of joy with 

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Written for the Milk and Baby Hygiene 
Association of Boston 

GOD, since thou hast 
laid the little children 
into our arms in utter 
helplessness, with no 
protection save our love, 
we pray that the sweet 
appeal of their baby 
hands may not be in 
vain* Let no innocent life in our city be 
quenched again in useless pain through our 
ignorance and sin. May we who are mothers 
or fathers seek eagerly to join wisdom to our 
love, lest love itself be deadly when unguided 
by knowledge. Bless the doctors and nurses, 
and all the friends of men, who are giving of 
their skill and devotion to the care of our 
children. If there are any who were kissed 
by love in their own infancy, but who have 
no child to whom they may give as they have 
received, grant them such largeness of sym- 
j)athy that they may rejoice to pay their 
debt in full to" all children who have need 
of them. 

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Forgive us, our Father, for the heartlessness 
of the past. Grant us great tenderness for all 
babes who suffer, and a growing sense of the 
divine mystery that is brooding in the soul of 
every child. 

[ 97 ] 

GOD, we thank thee 
for the human loves 
that are so dear to us. 
Bless, we beseech thee, 
all who are bound to us 
by the strong bonds of 
blood, of comradeship, 
and of love, and may 
none whom we have ever held dear, slip away 
from our heart and memory. Be with those 
who are far from us, and speak to their hearts 
the comforting words that we would love to 

Our thoughts go out, too, beyond the closer 
circle of our friends to the great fellowship of 
human life of which we are part. Grant us 
to realize that in our sins and our sorrows, in 
our prosperity and our redemption, we are all 
members of one great family. Bless espe- 
cially our sisters who toil for their wage, and 
who bear the burden of ceaseless work and 
frequent weariness. Give them strength of 
body and coinage of heart. Supply them 
with their daily bread and all needed comfort. 
Teach them to stand by one another in loyalty 

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to better their common lot, and patiently to 
fulfil the la^ of Christ by bearing one another’s 
burdens. May they still feel the mysterious 
presence of the Master in the rush of life, 
and be filled with the strength and serenity 
of the children of God, that so thy peace may 
flow out from them, and touch other restless 
and despairing hearts with new health of soul, 
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

[ 99 ] 


GOD, otxr Father, we 
remember before thee 
our little sisters of 
whom thou hast given 
us charge. We thank 
thee for the dearness of 
their friendship and 
trust. Grant us the in- 
sight of love that we may understand them in 
ail their hopes and dreams, their temptations, 
and discouragements. Endow us with un- 
studied grace and attractiveness for their 
sake, with patience and steadfastness in their 
service, with holiness and the power of prayer. 
May we realize in each of them the God-given 
soul, struggling to find itself, and to find thee 
who art the way, the truth, and the life, that 
so we may reverence these young lives and 
may help them, to become divine and fair. O 
thou great Brother, Jesus Christ, give us thy 
spirit of tender and saving love for these thy 
little ones, and may our own souls experience 
thy salvation as we seek to transmit it to others. 
Accept our petitions, our Father, and fulfil the 
unspoken desires of our souls, for Jesus’ sake. 

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[ 100 ] 


GOD, we remember 
with pain and pity 
the thousands of our 
brothers and sisters 
who seek honest work 
and seek in vain. For 
though the unsatisfied 
wants of men are many, 
and though our land is wide and calls for 
labor, yet these thy sons and daughters 
have no place to labor, and are turned 
away in humiliation and despair when they 
seek it. O righteous God, we acknowledge 
our common guilt for the disorder of our 
industry which thrusts even willing workers 
into the degradation of idleness and want, 
and teaches some to love the sloth which 
once they feared and hated. 

We remember also with sorrow and 
compassion the idle rich, who have vigor of 
body and mind and yet produce no useful 
thing. Forgive them for loading the burden 
of their support on the bent shoulders jof 
the working world. Forgive ’them for wasting 
in refined excess what would feed the pale 
children of the poor. Forgive them for 

[ ]; 

setting their poisoned splendor before the 
thirsty hearts of the young, luring them to 
theft or shame by the lust of eye and flesh. 
Forgive them for taking pride in their work- 
less lives and despising those by v/hose 
toil they live. Forgive them for appeasmg 
their better self by pretended duties and 
injurious charities. We beseech thee to 
awaken them by the new voice of thy Spirit 
that they may look up into the stem eyes 
of thy Christ and may be smitten with the 
blessed pangs of repentance. Grant them 
strength of soul to rise from their silken shame 
and to give their brothers a just return of 
labor for the bread they eat. And to our 
whole nation do thou grant wisdom to create 
a world in which none shall be forced to idle 
in want, and none shall be able to idle in 
luxury, but in which all shall know the 
health of wholesome work and the sweetness 
of well-earned rest* 

[ 102 ] 


THOU Eternal One, we 
who are doomed to 
die lift up our souls 
to thee for strength, 
for Death has passed 
us in the throng of 
men and touched us, 
and we know that at 
some turn of our pathway he stands waiting 
to take us by the hand and lead us — we 
know not whither. We praise thee that to 
us he is no more an enemy but thy great 
angel and our friend, who alone can open 
for some of us the prison-house of pain and 
misery and set our feet in the roomy spaces 
of a larger life. Yet we are but children, 
afraid of the dark and the unknov/n, and we 
dread the parting from the life that is so 
sweet and from the loved ones who are so 

Grant us of thy mercy a valiant heart, 
that we may tread the road with head uplifted 
and a smiling face. May y{e do our work 
to the last with a wholesome joy, and love 
our loves with an added tenderness because 
the days of love are short. On thee we 

cast the heaviest burden that numbs our 
soul, the gnawing fear for those we love, 
whom we must leave imsheltered in a self- 
ish world. We trust in thee, for through 
all our years thou hast been our stay. O 
thou Father of the fatherless, put thy arm 
about our little ones! And ere we go, we 
pray that the days may come when the dying 
may die tmafraid, because men have ceased 
to prey on the weak, and the great family of 
the nation enfolds aU with its strength and 

We thank thee that we have tasted the 
rich life of humanity. We bless thee for 
every hour of life, for all our share in the 
joys and strivings of our brothers, for the 
wisdom gained which will be part of us 
forever. If soon we must go, yet through 
thee we have lived and our life flows on in 
the race. By thy grace we too have helped 
to shape the future and bring in the better 

If our spirit droops in loneliness, uphold 
us^ by thy companionship. When all the 
voices of love grow faint and drift away, 
thy everlasting arms will still be there. 
Thou art the Father of oixr spirits; from thee 

[ 104 ] 

we have come; to thee we go. We rejoice 
that in the hours of our purer vision, when 
the pulse-throb of thine eternity is strong 
within us, we know that no pang of mortality 
can reach our tmconquerable soul, and that 
for those who abide in thee death is but 
the gateway to life eternal. Into thy hands 
we commend our spirit. 



LORD, since first the 
blood of Abel cried to 
thee from the grotmd 
that drank it, this earth 
of thine has been de- 
filed with the blood of 
nian shed by his broth- 
er’s hand, and the cen- 
turies sob with the ceaseless horror of 
war. Ever the pride of kings and the cov- 
etousness of the strong has driven peace- 
ful nations to slaughter. Ever the songs 
of the past and the pomp of armies have 
been used to inflame the passions of the 
people. Our spirit cries out to thee in 
revolt against it, and we know that our 
righteous anger is answered by thy holy 

Break thou the spell of the enchantments 
that make the nations drunk with the lust 
of battle and draw them on as willing tools 
of death. Grant us a quiet and steadfast 
mind when our own nation clamors ^or 
vengeance or aggression.^ Strengthen our 
sense of justice and our regard for the equal 
worth of other peoples and races. Grant 
[ i°9] 

to the rulers of nations faith in the possi- 
bility of peace through justice, and grant 
to the common people a new and stem 
enthusiasm for the cause of peace. Bless 
our soldiers and sailors for their swift obe- 
dience and their willingness to answer to 
the call of duty, but inspire them none 
the less with a hatred of war, and may they 
never for love of private glory or advance- 
ment provoke its coming. May our yoimg 
men still rejoice to die for their coxmtry 
with the valor of their fathers, but teach our 
age nobler methods of matching our strength 
and more effective ways of giving oxir life 
for the flag. 

O thou strong Father of all nations, draw 
all thy great family together with an increas- 
ing sense of our common blood and destiny, 
that peace may come on earth at last, and 
thy stm may shed its light rejoicing on a 
holy brotherhood of peoples. 


LORD, we praise thy 
holy name, for thou 
hast made bare thine 
arm in the sight of 
all nations and done 
wonders. But still we 
cry to thee in the weary 
struggle of our people 
against the power of drink. Remember, 
Lord, the strong men who were led astray 
and blighted in the flower of their youth. 
Remember the aged who have brought their 
gray hairs to a dishonored grave. Remem- 
ber the homes that have been made desolate 
of joy, the wifely love that has been out- 
raged in its sanctuary, the little children 
who have learned to despise where once they 
loved. Remember, O thou great avenger of 
sin, and make this nation to remember. 

May those who now entrap the feet of the 
weak and make their living by the degrada- 
tion of men, thrust away their shameful 
gains and stand clear. But if their conscience 
is silenced by profit, do thoii'^^aht thy people 
the indomitable strength of faith to make 
an end of it. May all the great churches of 


our land shake off those who seek the shelter 
of religion for that which damns, and stand 
with level front against their common foe. 
May all who still soothe their souls with 
half-truths, saying “Peace, peace, where 
there can be no peace, learn to see through 
thy stem eyes and come to the help of 
Jehovah against the mighty. Help us to 
cast down the men in high places who use 
the people^s powers to beat back the people’s 
hands from the wrong they fain would crush. 

O God, bring nigh the day when all our 
men shall face their daily task with minds 
undrugged and with tempered passions; 
when the unseemly mirth of drink shall seem 
a shame to all who hear and see; v/hen the 
trade that debauches men shall be loathed 
like the trade that debauches women; and 
when all this black remnant of savagery shall 
haunt the memory of a new generation but 
as an evil dream of the night. For this 
accept our vows, O Lord, and grant thine 

E cry to thee for jus- 
tice, O Lord, for our 
soul is weary with the 
iniquity of greed. Be- 
hold the servants of 
Mammon, who defy 
thee and drain their 
feUow men for gain; 
who grind down the strength of the work- 
ers by merciless toil and fling them 
aside when they are mangled and worn; 
who rack-rent the poor and make dear the 
space and air which thou hast made free; 
who paralyze the hand of justice by connption 
and blind the eyes of the people by lies; 
who nullify by their craft the merciful laws 
which nobler men have devised for the 
protection of the weak; who have made us 
ashamed of our dear coimtry by their defile- 
ments and have turned our holy freedom into 
a hollow name; who have brought upon 
thy Church the contempt of men and have 
cloaked their extortion with the gospel of 
thy Christ. 

For the oppression of the poor and the 
sighing of the needy now do thou arise, 
[ 113 ] 

O Lord ; for because thou art love, and tender 
as a mother to the weak, therefore thou art 
the great hater of iniquity and thy doom is 
upon those who grow rich on the poverty of 
the people. 

O God, we are afraid, for the thunder- 
cloud of thy wrath is even now black above 
us. In the ruins of dead empires we have 
read how thou hast trodden the wine-press 
of thine anger when the measure of their 
sin was ftiU. We are sick at heart when we 
remember that by the greed of those who 
enslaved a weaker race that curse was 
fastened upon us all which still lies black and 
hopeless across our land, though the blood 
of a nation was spilled to atone. Save our 
people from being dragged down into vaster 
guilt and woe by men who have no vision and 
know no law except their lust. Shake their 
souls with awe of thee that they may cease. 
Help us with clean hands to tear the web 
which they have woven about us and to 
turn our people back to thy law, lest the mark 
of ^he Jieasl.stainL-out on the right hand and 
forehead of our nation and our feet be set 
on the downward path of darkness from which 
there is no return forever. 

[ ” 4 ] 


THOU whose light is 
about me and within 
me and to whom aU 
things are present, 
help me this day to 
keep my life pure in 
thy sight. Suffer me 
not by any lawless act 
of mine to befoul any innocent life or add to 
the shame and hopelessness of any erring 
one that struggles faintly against sin. Grant 
me a steadfast scorn for pleasure bought by 
human degradation. May no reckless word 
or wanton look from me kindle the slow 
fires of wayward passion that will char and 
consume the divine beauties of any soul. 
Give me grace to watch over the imaginations 
of my heart, lest in the unknown hour of 
my wea^ess my secret thoughts leap into 
action and my honor be turned into shame. 
If my friends trust me with their loved ones, 
save me from betraying their trust and from 
slaying the peace of a home. If any dear 
heart has staked its life and hopes on my 
love and loyalty, I beseech thee that its joy 
and strength may never wither through my 
[ “5 ] 

forgetfulness or guilt. O God, make me 
pure and a helper to the weak. Grant that 
even the sins of my past may yield me added 
wisdom and tenderness to help those who 
are tempted. 

Save our nation from the corruption that 
breeds corruption. Save our innocent sons 
and daughters from the secret curse that re- 
quites the touch of love with lingering death. 
O Jesus, thou master of all who are both 
strong and pure, take our weak and passion- 
ate hearts under thy control, that when the 
dusk settles upon our life, we may go to our 
long rest with no pang of shame, and may 
enter into the blessedness of seeing God, 
which thou hast promised only to the pure 
in heart. 

[ ii6] 



CHRIST, thou hast bid- 
den us pray for the 
coining of thy Father^s 
kingdom, in which his 
righteous will shall be 
done on earth. We have 
treasured thy words, 
but we have forgotten 
their meaning, and thy great hope has grown 
dim in thy Church. We bless thee for the 
inspired souls of all ages who saw afar the 
shining city of God, and by faith left the profit 
of the present to follow their vision. We 
rejoice that today the hope of these lonely 
hearts is becoming the clear faith of millions. 
Help us, O Lord, in the courage of faith to 
seize what has now come so near, that the 
glad day of God may dawn at last. As we 
have mastered Nature that we might gain 
wealth, help us now to master the social 
relations of mankind that we may gain jus- 
tice and a world of brothers. For what shall 
it profit our nation if it gain numbers and 
riches, and lose the sense of the living God 
and the joy of human brotherhood? 

Make us determined to live by truth and 
[” 9 ] 

not by lies, to found our common life on 
the eternal foimdations of righteousness 
and love, and no longer to prop the tottering 
house of wrong by legalized cruelty and 
force. Help us to make the welfare of all 
the supreme law of our land, that so our 
commonwealth may be built strong and 
secure on the love of all its citizens. Cast 
down the throne of Mammon who ever grinds 
the life of men, and set up thy throne, O 
Christ, for thou didst die that men might 
live. Show thy erring children at last the 
way from the City of Destruction to the City of 
Love, and fulfil the longings of the prophets 
of humanity. Our Master, once more we 
make thy faith our prayer: ‘‘Thy kingdom 
come! Thy will be done on earth! 


Used at a Mass Meeting under the Auspices 
of the Joint Commission on Social Service 
at the General Convention of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church, New York, 1913 . 

From the sins that divide us, from all 
class bitterness and race hatred, from for- 
getfulness of thee and indMerence to our 
fellow-men : 

Good Lord, deliver us. 

From the corruption of the franchise and 
of civil government, from greed and from the 
arbitrary love of power : 

Good Lord, deliver us. 

From the fear of unemployment and the 
evils of overwork, from the curse of child- 
labor and the ill-paid toil of women: 

Good Lord, deliver us. 

From the luxury that enervates, from the 
poverty that stultifies : 

Good Lord, deliver us. 

That it may please thee to unite the inhabi- 
tants of every city, state and nation in the 
bonds of peace and concord : 

First Published by “THE SURVEY.” Used by permission. 

[ " 21 ] 

We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. 

That thy followers may be strong to achieve 
industrial justice, and to bid the oppressed go 

We beseech thee to hear us. Good Lord. 

That the labor movement may be confirmed 
in disinterested honor, and that the employers 
of labor may fashion their dealings according 
to the laws of equity : 

We beseech thee to hear us. Good Lord. 

That thou wilt help us to give all men 
health of body and soul: 

We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. 

That the watchword of the Christian State, 
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” 
may become a command with power: 

We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. 

That the spirit of reconciliation may be 
made manifest among men: 

We beseech thee to hear us. Good Lord. 

That it may please thee to inspire thy 
Church with the vision of the New Jerusalem 
coming down from heaven to men, and that 
thy Kingdom may come on earth; 

We beseech thee to hear us, Good Lord. 

[ ^ 22 ] 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and 
the love of God, and the fellowship of the 
Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen. 


GOD, we pray thee 
for those who come 
after us, for our chil- 
dren, and the chil- 
dren of our friends, 
and for all the young 
hves that are march- 
ing up from the gates 
of birth, pure and eager, with the morning 
stmshine on their faces. We remember 
with a pang that these will live in the world 
we are making for them. We are wasting 
the resources of the earth in our headlong 
greed, and they will suffer want. We are 
building sunless houses and joyless cities 
for our profit, and they must dwell therein. 
We are making the burden heavy and the 
pace of work pitiless, and they will fall wan 
and sobbing by the wayside. We are poi- 
soning the air of our land by our lies and 
our uncleanness, and they will breathe it. 

O God, thou knowest how we have cried 
out in agony when the sins of our fathers have 
been visited upon us, and how we have 
struggled vainly against the inexorable fate 
that coursed in our blood or boimd us in a 
[ ^24] 

prison-house of life. Save us from maiming 
the innocent ones who come after us by the 
added cruelty of our sins. Help us to 
break the ancient force of evil by a holy and 
steadfast will and to endow our children 
with purer blood and nobler thoughts. 
Grant us grace to leave the earth fairer 
than we found it; to build upon it cities of 
God in which the cry of needless pain shall 
cease; and to put the yoke of Christ upon 
our business life that it may serve and not 
destroy. Lift the veil of the future and show 
us the generation to come as it will be if 
blighted by our guilt, that our lust may be 
cooled and we may walk in the fear of the 
Eternal. Grant us a vision of the far-off 
years as they may be if redeemed by the 
sons of God, that we may take heart and do 
battle for thy children and ours. 

[ ^ 25 ] 


UR Father, we look 
back on the years that 
are gone and shame 
and sorrow come upon 
us, for the harm we 
have done to others 
rises up in our mem- 
ory to accuse us. Some 
we have seared with the fire of our lust, 
and some we have scorched by the heat of 
our anger. In some we helped to quench 
the glow of young ideals by our selfish pride 
and craft, and in some we have nipped the 
opening bloom of faith by the frost of our 

We might have followed thy blessed 
footsteps, O Christ, binding up the bruised 
hearts of our brothers and guiding the way- 
ward passions of the yoimg to firmer man- 
hood. Instead, there are poor hearts now 
broken and darkened because they encotm- 
tered us on the way, and some perhaps 
remember us only as the beginning of their 
misery or sin. 

O God, we know that all our prayers can 
never bring back the past, and no tears 

can wash out the red marks with which we 
have scarred some life that stands before 
our memory with accusing eyes. Grant 
that at least a humble and pure life may 
grow out of our late contrition, that in the 
brief days still left to us we may comfort 
and heal where we have scorned and crushed. 
Change us by the power of thy saving grace 
from sources of evil into forces for good, 
that with all our strength we may fight the 
wrongs we have aided, and aid the right we 
have clogged. Grant us this boon, that for 
every harm we have done, we may do some 
brave act of salvation, and that for every 
soul that has stumbled or fallen through us, 
we may bring to thee some other weak or 
despairing one, whose strength has been 
renewed by our love, that so the face of thy 
Christ may smile upon us and the light within 
us may shine undimmed. 

E praise thee, Almighty 
God, for thine elect, 
the prophets and mar- 
tyrs of humanity, who 
gave their thoughts and 
prayers and agonies for 
the truth of God and 
the freedom of the peo- 
ple. We praise thee that amid loneliness 
and the contempt of men, in poverty and 
imprisonment, when they were condemned 
by the laws of the mighty and buffeted on 
the scaffold, thou didst uphold them by thy 
spirit in loyalty to thy holy cause. 

Our hearts bum within us as we follow 
the bleeding feet of thy Christ down the 
centuries, and coixnt the mounts of anguish 
on which he was crucified anew in his prophets 
and the true apostles of his spirit. Help 
us to forgive those who did it, for some truly 
thought they were serving thee when they 
suppressed thy light, but oh, save us from 
the same mistake! Grant us an unerring 
instinct for what is right and true, and a 
swift sympathy to divine those who truly 
love and serve the people. Suffer us not 

by thoughtless condemnation or selfish oppo- 
sition to weaken the arm and chill the spirit 
of those who strive for the redemption of 
mankind. May we never bring upon us 
the blood of all the righteous by renewing 
the spirit of those who persecuted them in the 
past. Grant us rather that we, too, may be 
coiuited in the chosen band of those who 
have given their life as a ransom for the 
many. Send us forth with the pathfinders 
of humanity to lead thy people another day^s 
march toward the land of promise. 

And if we, too, must suffer loss, and drink 
of the bitter pool of misunderstanding and 
scorn, uphold us by thy Spirit in steadfastness 
and joy because we are found worthy to 
share in the work and the reward of Jesus 
and all the saints. 

THOU Eternal One, 
we adore thee who in 
all ages hast been the 
great companion and 
teacher of mankind; for 
thou hast lifted our 
race from the depths, 
and hast made us to 
share in thy conscious intelligence and 
thy will that makes for righteousness and 
love. Thou alone art our Redeemer, for 
thy lifting arms were about us and thy 
persistent voice was in our hearts as we 
slowly climbed up from savage darkness and 
cruelty. Thou knowest how often we have 
resisted thee and loved the easy ways of 
sin rather than the toilsome gain of self- 
control and the divine irritation of thy truth. 

O God, visit not upon us the guilt of the 
past, for our fathers have slain thy prophets. 
They silenced the voices that spoke thine 
onward thought, and generations have per- 
ished in soddenness and misery because 
the strong once quenched the light of truth. 
Do thou free humanity at last from the 
blood-rusted chains with which the past still 

[ " 30 ] 

binds ns. Multiply the God-conquered souls 
who open their hearts gladly to the light 
that makes us free, for all creation shall be 
in travail till these sons of God attain their 

We pray thee for those who amid all the 
knowledge of our day are still without knowl- 
edge; for those who hear not the sighs of 
the children that toil, nor the sobs of such 
as are wounded because others have made 
haste to be rich; for those who have never 
felt the hot tears of the mothers of the poor 
that struggle vainly against poverty and 
vice. Arouse them, we beseech thee, from 
their selfish comfort and grant them the grace 
of social repentance. Smite us all with 
the conviction that for us ignorance is sin, 
and that we are indeed our brother’s keeper 
if our own hand has helped to lay him low. 
Though increase of knowledge bring increase 
of sorrow, may we turn without flinching 
to the light and offer ourselves as instruments 
of thy spirit in bringing order and beauty 
out of disorder and darkness. 

[ "31 ]. 


GOD, thou great Re- 
deemer of mankind, our 
hearts are tender in 
the thought of thee, 
for in all the afflic- 
tions of our race thou 
hast been afflicted, 
and in the sufferings 
of thy people it was thy body that was 
crucified. Thou hast been woimded by 
our transgressions and bruised by our 
iniquities, and all our sins are laid at last on 
thee. Amid the groaning of creation we 
behold thy spirit in travail till the sons of 
God shall be bom in freedom and holiness. 

We pray thee, O Lord, for the graces of 
a pure and holy life that we may no longer 
add to the dark weight of the world^s sin 
that is laid upon thee, but may share with 
thee in thy redemptive work. As we have 
thirsted with evil passions to the destruction 
of men, do thou fill us now with himger and 
thirst for justice that we may bear glad 
tidings to the poor and set at liberty all who 
are in the prison-house of want and sin. 
[ ^32 ] 

Lay thy Spirit upon us and inspire us with a 
passion of Christlike love that v/e may join 
our lives to the weak and oppressed and 
may strengthen their cause by bearing their 
sorrows. And if the evil that is threatened 
turns to smite us and if we must leam the 
dark malignity of sinful power, comfort 
us by the thought that thus we are bearing 
in our body the marks of Jesus, and that 
only those who share in his free sacrifice 
shall feel the plenitude of thy life. Help 
us in patience to carry forward the eternal 
cross of thy Christ, coimting it joy if we, too, 
are sown as grains of wheat in the furrows 
of the world, for only by the agony of the 
righteous comes redemption. 

[ 133 ] 


GOD, we pray for thy 
Church, which is set 
today amid the per- 
plexities of a changing 
order, and face to face 
with a great new task. 
We remember with love 
the nurture she gave 
to our spiritual life in its infancy, the tasks 
she set for our growing strength, the influ- 
ence of the devoted hearts she gathers, the 
steadfast power for good she has exerted. 
When we compare her with all other human 
institutions, we rejoice, for there is none 
like her. But when we judge her by the 
mind of her Master, we bow in pity and con- 
trition. Oh, baptize her afresh in the life- 
giving spirit of Jesus! Grant her a new 
birth, though it be with the travail of repent- 
ance and humiliation. Bestow upon her 
a more imperious responsiveness to duty, a 
swifter compassion with suffering, and an 
utter loyalty to the will of God. Put upon 
her lips the ancient gospel of her Lord. Help 
her to proclaim boldly the coming of the 
kingdom of God and the doom of all that 

resist it. Fill her with the prophets’ scorn 
of tyranny, and with a Christlike tenderness 
for the heavy-laden and dov/n-trodden. Give 
her faith to espouse the cause of the people, 
and in their hands that grope after freedom 
and light to recognize the bleeding hands 
of the Christ. Bid her cease from seeking 
her own life, lest she lose it. Make her 
valiant to give up her life to humanity, that 
like her crucified Lord she may mount by 
the path of the cross to a higher glory. 

i[ 135 ] 


GOD, we pray thee 
for this, the city of 
our love and pride. 
We rejoice in her spa- 
cious beauty and her 
busy ways of commerce, 
in her stores and facto- 
ries where hand joins 
hand in toil, and in her blessed homes where 
heart joins heart for rest and love. 

Help us to make our city the mighty 
common workshop of our people, where 
every one will find his place and / task, in 
daily achievement building up his own life 
to resolute manhood, keen to do his best with 
hand and mind. Help us to make our city 
the greater home of our people, where all 
may live their lives in comfort, imafraid, 
loving their loves in peace and rounding out 
their years in strength. 

Bind our citizens, not by thie bond of money 
and of profit alone, but by the glow of neigh- 
borly good will, by the thrill of common 
joys, and the pride of common possessions. 
As we set the greater aims for the future 
of our city, may we ever remember that 

her true wealth and greatness consist, not 
in the abundance of the things we possess, 
but in the justice of her institutions and the 
brotherhood of her children. Make her 
rich in her sons and daughters and famous 
through the lofty passions that inspire 

We thank thee for the patriot men and 
women of the past whose generous devotion 
to the common good has been the making of 
our city. Grant that our own generation 
may build worthily on the foundation they 
have laid. If in the past there have been 
some who have sold the city’s good for private 
gain, staining her honor by their cimning 
and greed, fill us, we beseech thee, with the 
righteous anger of true sons that we may 
purge out the shame lest it taint the future 

Grant us a vision of our city, fair as she 
might be: a city of justice, where none shall 
prey on others; a city of plenty, where vice 
and poverty shall cease to fester; a city 
of brotherhood, where all success shall be 
founded on service, and honor shall be given 
to nobleness alone; a city of peace, where 
order shall not rest on force, but on the love 
[ 137 ] 

of alt for the city, the great mother of the 
common life and weal. Hear thou, O Lord, 
the silent prayer of all our hearts as we each 
pledge our time and strength and thought to 
speed the day of her coming beauty and 



GOD, we praise thee 
for the dream of the 
golden city of peace 
and righteousness 
which has ever haimted 
the prophets of human- 
ity, and we rejoice with 
joy imspeakable that at 
conquered the freedom 
and knowledge and power which may avail 
to turn into reality the vision that so long has 
beckoned in vain. 

Speed now the day when the plains and 
the hills and the wealth thereof shall be the 
people’s own, and thy freemen shall not 
live as tenants of men on the earth which 
thou hast given to all; when no babe shall be 
bom without its equal birthright in the riches 
and knowledge VTrought out by the labor of 
the ages; and when the mighty engines of 
industry shall throb with a gladder music 
because the men who ply these great tools 
shah be their owners and masters. 

Bring to an end, O Lord, the inhumanity 
of the present, in which aU men are ridden 
[ 139 ] 

by the pale fear of want while the nation of 
which they are citizens sits throned amid the 
wealth of their making; when the manhood 
in some is cowed by helplessness, while the 
soul of others is surfeited and sick with 
power which no frail son of the dust should 

O God, save us, for our nation is at strife 
with its own soul and is sinning against the 
light which thou aforetime hast kindled in it. 
Thou hast called our people to freedom, 
but we are withholding from men their 
share in the common heritage without which 
freedom becomes a hollow name. Thy 
Christ has kindled in us the passion for 
brotherhood, but the social life we have 
built, denies and slays brotherhood. 

We pray thee , to revive in us the hardy 
spirit of our forefathers that we may establish 
and complete their work, building on the 
basis of their democracy the firm edifice of a 
cooperative commonwealth, in which both 
government and industry shall be of the 
people, by the people, and for the people. 
May we, who now live, see the oncoming of 
the great day of God, when all men shall 
stand side by side in egual worth and real 

freedom, all toiling and all reaping, masters 
of nature but brothers of men, exultant in 
the tide of the common life, and jubilant in 
the adoration of Thee, the source of their 
blessings and the Father of all. 


GOD, we praise thy' 
holy name, for thou 
hast brought us from 
afar, drawn together by 
the splendor of thy 
Kingdom, to take coun- 
sel for thy work. Be 
with us through all the 
strain of the days that are before us. Brood 
over our assemblies with thy Holy Spirit. 
Give us vision beyond the range of worldly 
prudence, and by thy wisdom make us wise, 
lest all our planning be futile. If difficulties 
confront us, give us the courageous faith that 
bids the mountains melt away. Smite a path- 
way even across the impassable sea for thy 
people. Hush all spirit of contention and 
seU-will. Make us peaceful through love and 
through the unity of our desire. May this 
gathering set the standard of our Lord high 
up where in coming years we may see it and 
take courage to fulfil the vows we here make. 

Through thee we send our benediction to 
our lo ved ones afar, to the dear people in our 

Used by permission of “THE WOMAN’S PRESS.” 

[ 142 ] 

own homes, and to the Associations in whose 
name we have come here. 

We remember with reverent love our 
friends and fellow workers who rest from 
their labor and now behold thee face to face. 
May the life of our heroic dead still be a 
living force among us, through the characters 
they have moulded and through thy Holy 
Spirit which binds in one the Church militant 
and the Church triumphant. 

Thy peace be upon this city, and upon all 
who love the Lord Jesus. In His name we 

[ 143 ]; 


S we look across the 
vast field of our work, 
O Master, we feel the 
challenge of thy call 
and turn to thee for 
strength. So much to 
do for thee, and so little 
wherewith to do it! 

O Christ, thou who art touched with a feel- 
ing of our infirmities and hast been tempted 
even as we, look with thy great sympathy on 
thy servants. Thou knowest the drain of our 
daily work and the limitations of our bodies. 
Thou knowest that we carry but a little candle 
of knowledge to guide the feet of the erring 
amid the mazes of modern life. Thou know- 
est that our longing for holiness of heart is 
frustrated by the drag of our earthliness and 
the weight of ancient sins. 

Fit us for our work, lest we fail thee. We 
lean on thee, thou great giver of life, and 
pray for physical vigor and quiet strength. 
We call to thee, thou fountain of light, to 
flood our minds with thy radiance and to 
make all things clear and simple. We sub- 
mit our inmost desires to thy holy will, and 
[ "44 ] 

beseech thee to make thy law sweet to our 
willing hearts. 

Give, Lord, what thou askest, and then ask 
what thou wilt. We make our prayer, O 
God, by faith in Christ, our Lord. 

[^ 45 ] 


E praise thee, O God, 
for our friends and fel- 
low workers, for the 
touch of their hands and 
the brightness of their 
faces, for the cheer of 
their words and the out- 
flow of good will that 

refreshes us. 

Grant us the insight of love that we may 
see them as thou seest, not as frail mortals, 
but as radiant children of God who have 
wrought patience out of tribulation and who 
bear in earthen vessels the treasures of thy 

May nought mar the joy of our fellowship 
here. May none remain lonely and hungry 
of heart among us. Let none go hence with- 
out the joy of new friendships. Give us more 
capacity for love and a richer consciousness 
of being loved. Overcome our coldness and 
reserve that we may throw ajar the gates of 
our heart and keep open house this day. 

Lift our human friendships to the level of 
spiritual companionship. May we realize 
thee as the eternal bond of our unity. Shine 

upon us from the faces of thy servants, thou 
all-pervading beauty, that in loving them we 
may be praising thee. Through Christ, our 


N this Day of our Lord 
and in his sight I will 
make a fresh affirma- 
tion of my faith. 

I affirm my faith in 
the reality of the spir- 
itual world, .in the sa- 
cred voice of duty, in 
the compelling power of truth and holiness, 
in prayer, in the life eternal, in Him who is 
the life of my life and the reality behind all 
things visible. I rejoice to believe in God. 

I reaffirm my discipleship and the dedica- 
tion of my body and mind to Jesus Christ, my 
Lord. I claim anew a share in his redemp- 
tion and full salvation. As he has been my 
Saviour to this day, so shall he be my Saviour 
to the end. I merge all the power of my life 
in his redemptive purpose and stand ready 
to bear the cross after him. 

I affirm my faith in the kingdom of God 
and my hope in its final triumph. I determine 
by faith to live day by day within the higher 
order and the divine peace of my true father- 
land, and to carry its spirit and laws into all 
my dealings in the world that now is. 


I make an act of love toward all my fellow 
men. I accept them as they are, with all 
their sins and failures, and declare my sol- 
idarity with them. If any have wronged or 
grieved me, I place my mind within the all- 
comprehending and all-loving mind of God, 
and here and now forgive. I desire to min- 
ister God’s love to men and to offer no hin- 
drance to the free flow of his love through me. 

I affirm my faith in life. I call life good 
and not evil. I accept the limitations of my 
own life and believe it is possible for me to 
live a beautiful and Christlike life within the 
conditions set for me. Through the power of 
Christ which descends on me, which besets 
me behind and before, and which dwells in 
the innermost fastnesses of my spirit, I knov/ 
that I can be more than conqueror. 

[ 149 ] 


UjR Father, amid the 
cheer and comfort of 
these days we remem- 
ber those who suffer. 

We pray for all who 
are sick and in pain, es- 
pecially the sick whom 
we know and love. 

We pray for all whose homes have been 
visited by death, and for those who hear his 
footfall drawing nigh. 

We pray for those who, are out of work and 
for all whose age is burdened by fear of 

We pray for all lonely and homeless and 
unloved people. 

We pray for workers who are underpaid or 
whose work is grinding and barren of plea- 
sure and hope. 

We pray for all who suffer by the war, for 
the soldiers in danger, for the wounded, for 
the widowed and fatherless, and for those in 
fear and foreboding of loss. 

We pray for all who are tempted by evil 
men or women, and for all who are weak and 
foolish and waward. 


We pray for all whose inner light has been 
quenched and who walk in the darkness of 
doubt and the cold of unbelief. 

We pray for all religious and social workers 
who are discouraged and losing faith. 

O Lord, thou hast been our own refuge and 
a present help in trouble. In our weakness 
we have felt thy might and in our loneliness 
thy love. In all our afflictions thou art 
afflicted, thou great Shepherd, and thou wilt 
not rest till these lost ones are gathered and 
comforted. We stand in the sight of the 
cross and know that the sin and sorrow of 
the world lie on thee. May we take our 
share of it willingly, as members of the body 
of Christ. We make our prayer in his name. 


UR Father, as we come 
to the parting, we hum- 
bly give thee thanks for 
the days of our gather- 
ing. We thank thee 
for the real work ac- 
complished, for the 
plans laid, for the offi- 
cers chosen, and we beseech thee to set thy 
seal beneath what we have done and make 
it valid. 

We thank thee for the quickening of old 
friendships, for new and fruitful contacts, and 
for the broadened understanding of our com- 
mon work. We pray thee for fresh devotion 
to the great aims and possibilities of our 
Association, for unfeigned love for our fel- 
lov/ workers, and for a deep and Christlike 
longing to save and ennoble the girls and 
women whose lives we touch. Make us 
worthy to bear thy message. May every 
word and act be the simple pulsing of a 
Christian heart. 

We thank thee for the voices that have in- 
terpreted thy will and summoned us to thy 
work. We praise thee for the hours of holy 
[ "52 ] 

quiet in which we crossed the threshold of 
thy presence and listened to the inner voice 
in the most holy place. Fix on the sensitive 
film of our spirits the image and splendor of 
Christ which shone upon us in the great 
moments of these past days. 

And now, as we turn our faces homeward 
toward the toil and care, the trials and temp- 
tations of our work, we feel our utter need of 
thee thou great companion of our souls. Be 
thou the strength of our weakness, the wis- 
dom of our foolishness, the triumph of our 
failures, the changeless unity in our changing 
days. Ehiowing the brevity of our years, 
help us to work resolutely while it is day. 
Shine upon us, thou sun of our life, even in 
the valley of the shadow, and may the song 
of faith never die in our hearts. We make 
our petition through Jesus Christ, our Saviour 
and Lord. 

[ ^53 ] 


O Thou who axt the light of my soul, I thank Thee for 
the incomparable joy of listening to thy voice within, 
and I know that no word of thine shall return void, 
however brokenly uttered. If aught in this book was 
said through lack of knowledge, or through weakness 
of faith in Thee or of love for men, I pray Thee to over- 
rule my sin and turn aside its force before it harm thy 
cause. Pardon the frailty of thy servant, and look 
upon him only as he sinks his life in Jesus, his Master 
and Saviour. Amen.